Chair, Bed, Or Other Body-supporting Means Patents (Class 219/217)
  • Patent number: 10971280
    Abstract: A fusion powder coating useful in forming a coating by fusion of the powder comprising a solar active or a photovoltaic pigment in combination with a resin including a conductive resin and a device for generating electric energy from solar or photo illumination comprising an electrode, a first powder coated layer of an absorptive pigment and a resin, a second powder coated layer of the aforementioned solar active powder, and a protective layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: PISON STREAM SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph H. James
  • Patent number: 10907333
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a sanitary washing device for washing human private parts includes a nozzle configured to jet water toward the human private parts, and a protective electronic circuit configured to prohibit operation of at least part of the sanitary washing device when a component of the sanitary washing device fails. The protective electronic circuit includes a failure diagnosis part configured to diagnose a failure of a component of the protective electronic circuit. At least part of the operation related to the jetting in the sanitary washing device is prohibited when a failure of the component of the sanitary washing device is sensed by diagnosis using the failure diagnosis part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOTO LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Matsuda, Munehiko Ogawa, Kandai Kawahara, Haruhiko Fukumoto, Taro Tanii, Ryota Nishie
  • Patent number: 10899097
    Abstract: The present invention is a composite material which can transfer heat very fast, for many applications such as car seat, wheelchair, stroller, apparel, medical care and therapeutic heating items. The present invention is a heating element to produce heat by applying a power supply, the heating element comprises of an interconnected mesh of a conductive filament deposits by a 3D printer on a non-woven fabric filler which acts as a thermal bed on the 3D printer to form a first layer, wherein the interconnected mesh of a conductive filament comprises of a combination of a plurality of parallel or series conductors with a plurality of connection nodes, and a double-sided adhesive lining to connect the first layer to a covering layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Mohammad Ali Sadeghi
  • Patent number: 10857062
    Abstract: There is provided a bed device comprising: a support plate; a spring mattress provided on the support plate; a mat provided on the spring mattress; and a hot-air supply device for supplying hot air into the spring mattress, wherein the hot-air supply device is received in the spring mattress, wherein the hot-air supply device includes: a hot-air generation unit for generating hot-air; a hot-air discharge tube protruding from the hot-air generation unit by a predetermined length to discharge the hot-air generated in the hot-air generation unit into the spring mattress; and two hot-air guide members symmetrically disposed about the hot-air discharge tube, wherein the two air guide members are configured to guide the hot-air such that the hot air discharged from the hot-air discharge tube is distributed uniformly over an entire area of the spring mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Seng Yeul Yoo, Ji Hyun You
  • Patent number: 10764967
    Abstract: The present invention provides a steering wheel and a heater unit used for the steering wheel that does not give discomfort to a user when operating the steering wheel. A heater unit 31 is comprised of a substrate 10 made of a polymeric foam; and a cord-shaped heater 1 arranged on the substrate 10, wherein a thickness of the substrate 10 is thinner at a portion on which the cord-shaped heater 1 is arranged than other area so that the portion is formed along a shape of the cord-shaped heater 1 and the heater unit 31 is approximately flat. A steering wheel, comprised of the above described heater unit; a wheel core material; and a covering material, wherein the heater unit is arranged between the wheel core material and the covering material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: KURABE INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akifumi Wada, Masatsugu Saito, Yuki Naito
  • Patent number: 10617882
    Abstract: An electrical body stimulator cushion device, use thereof and a medical or therapeutic device which includes a body stimulator cushion device made from a layer of pliable material, an electrical body stimulator having a plurality of interconnected electrical conductors, a top and a bottom isolating layer between which the electrical conductors are located, and an infrared reflector foil, located between the layer of pliable material and the electrical body stimulator. When the electrical body stimulator cushion device is connected to a grounded power supply, the plurality of electrical conductors of the electrical body stimulator are arranged to emit infrared radiation towards a user body, generate a magnetic field, and provide a current pathway for directing a body stimulating current from the plurality of electrical conductors via the body to ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: Louis Biesbrouck, Robert Nusse
  • Patent number: 10556532
    Abstract: A seating system includes a seat, individually selectable and controllable thermal units individually positioned at respective locations within the seat corresponding to anatomical locations of a person sitting in the seat, and a controller. The thermal units to generate heat when activated. The controller to individually activate a subset of the thermal units to deliver heat to the anatomical locations of the person sitting in the seat corresponding to the respective locations within the seat of the activated thermal units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: David Gallagher, Francesco Migneco, Vyachislav Ivanov
  • Patent number: 10524581
    Abstract: A bedding climate control apparatus that delivers, in a quiet manner, forced airflow from a fan/blower within a housing to selectively deliver tempered (heated via a thermal element) and untempered (room temperature) air through a flexible hose to bedding. The quiet manner is attained with acoustic dampening material in the path of incoming airflow to the fan/blower and by oversizing each of the components that create a pressure drop including the capacity of the fan/blower over what is needed to deliver a required amount of airflow. Temperature may be set remotely via a wireless remote control and via a protocol access enabled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: BEDJET LLC
    Inventor: Mark Darius Aramli
  • Patent number: 10492616
    Abstract: Furniture with a heated seat consists of a fixed furniture frame having a seating surface to accommodate one or more cushions. One or more removable cushions are positioned on the seating surface. Each removable cushion includes a foam body. An electric heating pad is supported by the foam body. A cushion cover is provided that overlies the foam body. An umbilical power cord is electrically coupled to the heating pad. The umbilical power cord extends from the foam body through an opening in the cushion cover and connects with an electrical connector of a power transformer module on the furniture frame. Power is supplied by the power transformer module to the heating pad when the activation switch of the power transformer module is in the “on” position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: DODEKA MANUFACTURING LIMITED
    Inventor: Mark E. Warner
  • Patent number: 10481588
    Abstract: A conformal seat insert for an adjustable vehicle seat, the conformal seat insert comprising an insert frame, the insert frame having one or more insert reference features for locating the insert frame on a seat frame of the vehicle seat in a predetermined position relative to the seat frame, and a contoured support surface formed in the insert frame, the contoured support surface having a crew reference point corresponding to an acromial point of a shoulder of a seat occupant of the adjustable vehicle seat, the crew reference point being a datum from which an eye position of the seat occupant is established relative to instrumentation of an aerospace vehicle in which the adjustable vehicle seat is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael C. McCarley, Christopher Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10427567
    Abstract: A vehicle seat cushion assembly includes a first foam pad defining a ventilating column disposed therethrough, a topper pad disposed over the first foam pad, and a second foam pad disposed adjacent the first foam pad. The second foam pad and the first foam pad define a flow channel in fluid communication with the ventilating column. A thermally conductive tape includes a thermoelectric device disposed between the first foam pad and the topper pad. The thermoelectric device is disposed near an end of the ventilating column. An air mover moves air from an air intake of the flow channel to an air exhaust of the flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Alan George Dry
  • Patent number: 10391909
    Abstract: A head restraint for a motor vehicle has devices such as a fan and a heating element such that heated air can flow out of a front side of the head restraint if necessary. The head restraint enables heating of a head by way of outflowing heated air. A passage opening is formed in the cushion body of the head restraint, which passage opening extends from a back side of the cushion body to a front side of the cushion body. A cavity is formed in the passage opening at a distance from the back side and at a distance from the front side of the cushion body, in which cavity at least one fan is arranged. An air-permeable, electrically operated heating mat is provided on the back side of the cushion body in order to heat the suctioned air, and the pre-heated air is additionally heated by an air-permeable, electrically operated heating mat located on the front side of the cushion body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Maximilian Krumm
  • Patent number: 10351029
    Abstract: A method includes: establishing a dynamic target temperature range for a seat of a vehicle having a seat heating unit installed therein, the dynamic target temperature range defined by an adjustable minimum and maximum target temperature; activating a seat heating mode of multiple predefined seat heating modes based on an interior climate of the vehicle; defining the minimum target temperature and the maximum target temperature according to the activated seat heating mode; and controlling the seat heating unit such that a temperature of the seat continuously oscillates within the defined minimum target temperature and the defined maximum target temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc., Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Ziolek, Amanda Christiana
  • Patent number: 10327417
    Abstract: A static electricity discharging pet bed has a foam-like cushion pad, an inner cover fabricated of waterproof, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-urine material. An outer cover encompasses the inner cover. The outer cover is fabricated of an electrical conductive material designed to conduct static electricity from the pet bed through an electrical conductive conductor, to an electrical conductive ground wire, and then to a ground only plug connected to a grounded electrical outlet. The result is that when a dog or like furry pet is positioned on the pet bed, static electricity affecting the animal is drained to electrical ground. In this same manner, an “Earthing” effect provides a number of healthful benefits to the pet as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas J. Gaskill, James S. Gatti
  • Patent number: 10266083
    Abstract: A cover material, in particular a seat cover material, having an upper side and a lower side and at least one seam that runs over at least a part of the cover material and that is visible on the upper side. An electrically conductive element that generates an electric field is arranged on the lower side in the region where the seam runs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Autositze GmbH
    Inventor: Claudia Worlitz
  • Patent number: 10231551
    Abstract: Provided is technology suitable for public environments, such as sites serving transportation networks such as bus shelters and train stations, parks, public venues, stadiums, arenas, interior or exterior environment. The technology described herein provides a heated sitting surface. Moreover the present technology allows the production of new heated sitting surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: DESIGNER MARIO LEHOUX INC.
    Inventor: Mario Lehoux
  • Patent number: 10183707
    Abstract: The disclosed technology relate to a device and system that include an outdoor power equipment power unit or cart configured to releasably couple a number of different interchangeable attachments or work implements to a common power unit, where some attachments include and/or require operator presence control, while other attachments do not include and/or require operator presence control. The outdoor power equipment power unit includes a power transfer coupling member operatively coupled to the drive shaft and configured to transfer rotational power to the associated attachment; and an operator presence actuation member operatively coupled to the operator presence control member, the operator presence actuation member configured to rotate in response to user actuation of the operator presence control member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: Jason R. Ertel, Paul Stephens, Robert Allen, Bill Rabbitt
  • Patent number: 10126149
    Abstract: A capacitive occupancy or proximity detector includes a heating circuit, an impedance measurement circuit connected to the heating element, and a diagnostic circuit configured for determining integrity of the heater element. The heating circuit includes a heating element, a heating current source and a common mode choke having a first and a second winding, the heating element being connectable to the heating current source via the first and second windings. The diagnostic circuit includes at least one controllable switching element coupled across the second winding, circuitry for injecting a DC current into a series connection formed by the first winding the heating element and a parallel connection of the second winding and the at least one controllable switching element, and at least one detection circuit for detecting a voltage variation across the second winding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: IEE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONICS & ENGINEERING S.A.
    Inventors: Michael Virnich, Michael Pütz, Laurent Lamesch, Jochen Landwehr
  • Patent number: 10065590
    Abstract: A capacitive sensing device includes an antenna electrode for emitting an alternating electric field in response to an alternating voltage caused in the antenna electrode and a control and evaluation circuit configured to maintain the alternating voltage equal to an alternating reference voltage by injecting a current into the antenna electrode and to measure the current. The control and evaluation circuit includes a microcontroller with a digital output for providing a digital signal and a low-pass filter operatively connected to the digital output for generating the alternating reference voltage by low-pass-filtering the digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: IEE International Electronics & Engineering S.A.
    Inventor: Laurent Lamesch
  • Patent number: 10051898
    Abstract: One variation of a method for fabricating a garment includes: applying a first mask to a first side of a fabric substrate coated with a conductive material; applying a second mask—mirrored image of the first mask—to a second side of the fabric substrate opposite the first side; applying an etchant to the fabric substrate to remove conductive material outside of the first mask; arranging a conductive interface pad of a component carrier over an electrode defined by remaining conductive material on the fabric substrate, the component carrier including a flexible substrate and a rigid electrical component mounted to the flexible substrate, the conductive interface pad extending from a terminal of the rigid electrical component across a region of the flexible substrate; mechanically fastening the component carrier to the fabric substrate to form a garment insert including an electrical circuit; and incorporating the garment insert into the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: LOOMIA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Madison Thea Maxey, Janett Martinez, Luis Francisco Rodriguez Alcalde, Ezgi Ucar
  • Patent number: 10045573
    Abstract: One variation of a method for fabricating a garment includes: applying a first mask to a first side of a fabric substrate coated with a conductive material; applying a second mask—mirrored image of the first mask—to a second side of the fabric substrate opposite the first side; applying an etchant to the fabric substrate to remove conductive material outside of the first mask; arranging a conductive interface pad of a component carrier over an electrode defined by remaining conductive material on the fabric substrate, the component carrier including a flexible substrate and a rigid electrical component mounted to the flexible substrate, the conductive interface pad extending from a terminal of the rigid electrical component across a region of the flexible substrate; mechanically fastening the component carrier to the fabric substrate to form a garment insert including an electrical circuit; and incorporating the garment insert into the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: LOOMIA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Madison Thea Maxey, Janett Martinez, Luis Francisco Rodriguez Alcalde, Ezgi Ucar
  • Patent number: 9820580
    Abstract: The present invention relates to fittings and an interior conduit to providing a continuous air flow path from a vertical wall of the box spring to a horizontal surface of the box spring to selectively supply to an inflatable volume integrated into a top surface of the box spring. Fittings are provided on a vertical wall for connection to an external source of air. Another set of fittings are provided on a top surface of the box spring for connection to an inflatable bladder. A conduit inside the box spring is connected to an interior nozzle on each of the fittings to provide a continuous flow path from the fittings on the vertical to the fittings on the horizontal surface. The side wall fittings allow an external source of air to be supported or alternatively provide a stable connection for a conduit. With such a configuration, a mattress being supported by a box spring can be maneuvered under the influence of the inflatable bladder without affecting the external source of air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: LEVITATION SCIENCES LLC
    Inventor: William J. Scarleski
  • Patent number: 9782016
    Abstract: A bedding climate control apparatus that delivers, in a quiet manner, forced airflow from a fan/blower within a housing to selectively deliver tempered (heated via a thermal element) and untempered (room temperature) air through a flexible hose to bedding. The quiet manner is attained with acoustic foam in the path of incoming airflow to the fan/blower and by oversizing each of the components that create a pressure drop including the capacity of the fan/blower over what is needed to deliver a required amount of airflow. Temperature may be set remotely via a wireless remote control and via a Bluetooth enabled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Mark Aramli
  • Patent number: 9713566
    Abstract: A heating and cooling mat assembly includes a mat having a bottom wall, a top wall and a perimeter wall. A conduit is positioned in the man and has fluid therein. A pump is in fluid communication with the conduit to pump the fluid through the conduit. A heat emitter is thermal communication with the liquid in the conduit. The heat emitter warms the liquid when the heat emitter is turned on. A cartridge is removably couplable to the mat. The cartridge includes a pair of first ports. The conduit is in fluid communication with a pair of second ports. Each of the first ports is removably coupled to one of the second ports to fluidly couple the conduit to the cartridge. The cartridge is fillable with a cold fluid so that the conduit is cooled when the pump is turned on and the cartridge is coupled to the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventor: Corey Lavigne
  • Patent number: 9657963
    Abstract: A heated seat comprising: a cushion with one or more trench areas; a heater comprising: a carrier with a periphery, the carrier further including: a first electrically functional layer that is made of a conductive material that substantially circumscribes at least a portion of the carrier; and a second electrically functional layer that is made of a resistive material; one or more electrical conductors attached to the first electrically functional layer; a trim layer that covers the cushion when the heater is placed over the cushion; and wherein the periphery includes a first side edge and a second side edge, and each side edge includes a cutout, and the cutouts are located adjacent to each other forming a neck portion; wherein the heater is attached to the cushion by placing an attachment device over the neck portion of the heater and securing one or both ends of the attachment device to the cushion so that the neck portion is pulled into the trench; wherein the neck portion is free of the second electricall
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: GENTHERM CANADA LTD.
    Inventors: Marinko Lazanja, Matthew Zuzga, Sergiu Csonti, Syed Iqbal, Igor Spasojevic, Tim Normand
  • Patent number: 9635947
    Abstract: An air permeable envelope has a gripper for securing the envelope to a seat. A mixture contained in the air permeable envelope can react exothermically upon exposure to air. A sealed bag that is relatively air impermeable, initially holds the air permeable envelope and mixture together with the gripper. Upon opening and unsealing the bag, the mixture is exposed to air in order to start an exothermic reaction. The envelope and the gripper are removed from the bag and the gripper is used to attach the envelope upon the seat to warm it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Steven Baureis
  • Patent number: 9578690
    Abstract: There is disclosed a heater for an automotive vehicle or other article of manufacture. The heater typically includes a first conductive medium and a second conductive medium disposed upon a carrier. In a preferred embodiment, the first conductive medium includes a first section and a second section that are electrically connected by a second conductive medium. The second conductive medium preferably exhibits a positive thermal coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: GENTHERM GMBH
    Inventors: Shaun Calvin Howick, Goran Bajic
  • Patent number: 9499968
    Abstract: The present invention provides toilets having an outlet trapway that is movable during a flushing cycle. A toilet bowl has an opening adjacent its lower end. A conduit links to the opening so as to be able to swivel between a first upwardly directed position which forms a trap for the toilet, and a second less upwardly directed position which can be reached during the flushing cycle to facilitate evacuation of the toilet bowl. An actuator moves the conduit between the first and second positions during the flushing cycle in response to a condition of a water supply for the toilet, preferably without using electrical power to achieve this trapway movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: Sudip Mukerji
  • Patent number: 9452769
    Abstract: The infant stroller with air conditioner and heater includes a stroller with a seat and seat back that include a cooling member and a heating member. The seat and seat back may be further defined as a flexible membrane that contours to provide a comfortable seating posture. The cooling member may utilize a refrigeration cycle to circulate cooled water through tubing integrated into the seat and seat back. The heating member involves the use of a heating element that when energized releases heat. The heating element is integrated into the construction of the seat and the seat back. Both the heating member and the cooling member are connected to a control member positioned underneath the seat and seat back. The control member is ideally positioned in a storage compartment provided between the wheels of the infant stroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventors: George Williams, Yolanda Humphrey
  • Patent number: 9375547
    Abstract: A personal air filtration device and methods of using the same for providing a zone of filtered air proximate a breathing zone of a user are described. A blower provides an air flow to a head support which delivers the air flow to a zone proximate the users head. The air flow passes through a filter. The filter can be a point of delivery filter disposed about an air permeable surface of the head support. The delivered air flow can provide a laminar air flow defining a zone of filtered air about the user's breathing zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: AUGUSTINE BIOMEDICAL AND DESIGN, LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Mark C. Albrecht, Randall C. Arnold, Ryan S. Augustine, Ryan Barrows, Andrew McGregor
  • Patent number: 9315133
    Abstract: There is disclosed a heater for an automotive vehicle or other article of manufacture. The heater typically includes a first conductive medium and a second conductive medium disposed upon a carrier. In a preferred embodiment, the first conductive medium includes a first section and a second section that are electrically connected by a second conductive medium. The second conductive medium preferably exhibits a positive thermal coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: GENTHERM GMBH
    Inventors: Shaun Calvin Howick, Goran Bajic
  • Patent number: 9265387
    Abstract: The present invention provides an electric incinerating toilet bowl and an incineration control method for the electric incinerating toilet bowl which can remove not only odor components but also smoke and soot generated when paper liners burn to thereby prevent the odor components and the smoke and soot from being exhausted. The incineration control method heats a smoke and soot removing filler layer to a smoke and soot removing temperature not lower than 350° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Dirac Inc.
    Inventors: Makoto Takizawa, Yuko Takizawa, Mayu Saita, Keiko Takizawa
  • Patent number: 9204495
    Abstract: The present invention concerns: A heating element comprising a heating unit, a heat transfer unit and a temperature sensor unit, the heating, unit comprising a first composition, the first composition comprising an epoxy-based or glass-based composition or a composition comprising a sol-gel solution in which up to about 90% of said solution is a conductive powder in a uniform stable dispersion and said solution conductive powder is a member selected from the group consisting of metals, ceramics, interceramics and semi-conductors and the temperature sensor comprising a second composition, the second composition comprising an epoxy-based or glass-based composition or a composition comprising a composition comprising a sol-gel solution in which up to about 90% of said solution is a conductive powder in a uniform stable dispersion and said solution conductive powder is a member selected from the group consisting of metals, ceramics, interceramics and semi-conductors, the heating unit and the temperature sensor un
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Olaf Soerensen, Juergen Seng, Christoph Schmitz, Francis Pinto
  • Patent number: 9204498
    Abstract: A cloth material of the invention includes a cloth material main body that includes a plurality of conductive wires that generate heat by conduction, and a conductive connecting member that is provided on a side portion of the cloth material main body and electrically connects the plurality of conductive wires together. End portions of the plurality of conductive wires are exposed from the side portion of the cloth material main body so as to be exposed portions. The connecting member electrically connects the plurality of conductive wires together by being welded in a state sandwiching the exposed portions and the side portion of the cloth material main body. Welded portions formed by the welding are arranged alternately with non-welded portions, lined up in a line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masao Tada
  • Patent number: 9165449
    Abstract: A method comprises determining a person's level of risk for developing an adverse condition; selecting a care protocol based on the level of risk; displaying a proposed configuration of a person support structure corresponding to the care protocol for a caregiver to approve; and upon approval by the caregiver, implementing the configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ribble, Michelle McCleerey, Eric Agdeppa, Michael S. Hood
  • Patent number: 9095008
    Abstract: A heated blanket is presented that includes a heat mesh contained therein for uniform heating of the heated blanket. Also presented is a system for heating an article including the aforementioned heated blanket and an optional thermostat for measuring the temperature of an article to be heated. As the temperature of the article departs from a preset temperature range, the thermostat controls power to the heated blanket thereby either completing or interrupting the electrical supply to the heated blanket depending on whether the article must be cooled or warmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventors: Michael P. Seacord, Dennis J. Martinich
  • Patent number: 9012812
    Abstract: A seat heater (10) that is provided on a seat (1) including a seat cushion (2) and a seat back (3) includes a first heating element (12U) provided in an upper section (3Lu) of a backrest (3L) in the seat back (3) and a second heating element (12L) provided in a lower section (3Ll) of the backrest (3L) in the seat back (3). In addition, a heat generation density of the first heating element (12U) is lower than a heat generation density of the second heating element (12L).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Anzai, Hiroki Nagayama, Hajime Oi
  • Publication number: 20150090704
    Abstract: A heated cover for use with an article of furniture comprises an exterior top layer and an exterior bottom layer that are fabricated from a conductive material. The heated cover also includes a plurality of heating pads positioned between the exterior top layer and the exterior bottom layer. Each of the plurality of heating pads comprises a heating element configured to convert electrical energy to thermal energy and a padding layer coupled between the heating element and the exterior bottom layer. The heated cover also includes a rechargeable electrical storage device coupled to the plurality of heating pads. The rechargeable electrical storage device is configured to provide electrical energy to the plurality of heating pads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: ReAnna Gayle Smith, Kyle Matthew Smith
  • Patent number: 8926010
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat main body, a heating portion provided in the seat main body, a degree-of-contact measuring portion that measures a degree of contact between the seat main body and an occupant seated on the seat main body, and a control portion that controls an amount of heat output from the heating portion such that the amount of heat increases according to an increase in the degree of contact between the seat main body and the occupant, and decreases according to a decrease in the degree of contact between the seat main body and the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Fumitoshi Akaike, Takahiro Harita
  • Patent number: 8884191
    Abstract: When a seat heater and a planar electric heater on a surface of an interior member are used in parallel, the seat heater and the planar electric heater cannot be heated sufficiently due to a limitation on an electric capacity of a vehicle, and in particular, in a vehicle having good engine efficiency, heating of an interior of a passenger compartment by air conditioning utilizing hot air generated by heat expelled from an engine is not sufficient, whereby there sometimes occurs a situation where occupants feel cold. A heating device 2 is provided in a side door panel 1 of a vehicle and a seat heater is made to be heated mainly at an initial stage of heating after an occupant gets in the vehicle, whereas the heating device 2 is made to be heated after a predetermined period of time elapses, whereby the body of the occupant can be warmed quickly and efficiently without making the occupant feel cold physically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ogino, Noriyuki Yoneno, Hideaki Konishi, Naohito Asami, Satoshi Arima
  • Publication number: 20140326709
    Abstract: A sheet-type ohmic heating element (10) comprises a substrate sheet (12) having applied thereon a layer of PTC material (14) and a protective cover sheet (16) laid over the layer of PTC material. The protective cover sheet extends beyond the boundary of the layer of PTC material and is affixed to the substrate sheet circumferentially around the boundary of the layer of PTC material. The protective cover sheet and the layer of PTC material are arranged in non-adhesive contact with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: IEE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONICS & ENGINEERING S.A.
    Inventors: Driss Chabach, Raphael Bennes, Céline Lemire, Julie Distel, Alain Schumacher
  • Patent number: 8822885
    Abstract: This invention is related to the conservation of energy. The energy sources are limited and energy usage can cause environmental problems. This invention introduces a method of heating which is small and effective. In this method instead of heating the whole house which expensive and at times uncomfortable a limited heated space under a table means covered with a cover means is introduced that allows a person to warm up his/her body. Also, heating a smaller space can be done quickly and uses a limited energy, which is thus more cost-effective. This unit is designed to fold to a smaller unit for easy storage. In this method, an adjustable table means holds an electrical heating means under a cover and allows the person to use that limited space as heating source. The heating means has its control means and thermostat in order to keep the temp in a desired level. The table is very versatile and allows its dimensions to be changed easily so that the user has the option of choosing a size that fits its need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Yousef Daneshvar
  • Publication number: 20140209594
    Abstract: A far infrared heat emitting device includes a pad for positioning over or around a body part of a user such as a waist, leg, arm, or back. The user may be a human or an animal such as a pet. The device can include straps to form a strap sized to fit around the waist of a human user. The strap includes a pad, a plurality of far infrared heat conducting elements, a charging inlet, a heating device, and a fastener for securing the strap to the human user. The device may be secured around the waist of the human user to provide relief from lower back pain. Alternatively, the device may be used in or on furniture. The device may produce an aura of negative ions. The device may minimize the presence of at least some electromagnetic frequencies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Besner
  • Patent number: 8766142
    Abstract: There is disclosed a heater for an automotive vehicle or other article of manufacture. The heater typically includes a first conductive medium and a second conductive medium disposed upon a carrier. In a preferred embodiment, the first conductive medium includes a first section and a second section that are electrically connected by a second conductive medium. The second conductive medium preferably exhibits a positive thermal coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: W.E.T. Automotive Systems AG
    Inventors: Shaun Calvin Howick, Goran Bajic
  • Publication number: 20140175078
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fabric (30, 31) with at least one support (41, 41?), with at least two electrical function elements (70), and with at least one seam (40). It is provided that at least two of the electrical function elements (70) are in the form of strands and integrated in the seam (40).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: W.E.T. AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Oliver Davignon, Gábor Panyi
  • Publication number: 20140138370
    Abstract: A panel heating element is described. The panel heating element has at least one substrate with a substrate surface, and an electrical heating layer for heating the substrate, which heating layer extends at least over a part of the substrate surface and is connected to at least two electrodes provided for connection to a voltage source such that a current path for a heating current is formed between the electrodes. The heating layer is electrically divided by separating zones each having at least one free zone end. The current path changes its direction of flow at the free zone ends. A transition zone adjoins the zone end of each separating zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventors: Bastien Royer, Li-Ya Yeh, Susanne Lisinski, Marcel Klein, Dang Cuong Phan
  • Patent number: 8728354
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an electrically conducting polymer composition and method of making a composition including an organic polymer; and a first filler including at least one ceramic filler, at least one metallic filler, or a combination including at least one of the foregoing fillers, wherein a trip temperature of the composition does not change by an amount of greater than or equal to ±10° C. when the composition is cycled 100 times between room temperature and the trip temperature. Disclosed herein as well is an electrically conducting polymer composition including a first filler including at least one ceramic filler, at least one metallic filler, or a combination including at least one of the foregoing fillers and a second filler. The compositions of the present invention have a trip temperature that is lower than the HDT temperature of the composition and can have tunable trip temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Sabic Innovative Plastics IP B.V.
    Inventors: Sumanda Bandyopadhyay, Vishwasrao Vasant Gawade, Soumyadeb Ghosh, Ramya Kumaraswamy, Franciscus Petrus Maria Mercx, Suchetana Shetty
  • Patent number: 8728959
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a textile digital band which is capable of providing a high-speed communication path with surrounding computing devices, through easy and convenient attachment thereof to a conventional garment, and a fabrication method thereof. For this purpose, disclosed herein is a textile digital band comprising a plurality of warps formed parallel to each other in the first direction, and a plurality of wefts formed parallel to each other in the second direction perpendicular to the first direction, wherein the warp includes at least one digital yarn through which electrical currents can flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Industrial Technology
    Inventors: Gi Soo Chung, Dae Hoon Lee, Jae Sang An
  • Patent number: 8729430
    Abstract: A combined seat heater and capacitive occupancy sensor comprises a heater network and a capacitive sensing network. The heater network includes a heating element (10) connected between a first node (21) and a second node (22) to dissipate heat. The capacitive sensing network is connected to the heating element to apply an oscillating current thereto and to derive a capacitive load of the heating element from the voltage resulting on the heating element. The heater network comprises a common mode choke (16) connecting the first and the second node to a third (23) and a fourth (24) node, respectively. The capacitive sensing network further comprises means to sustain the oscillating current in or to drive the oscillating current into the heating element as well as a high-impedance amplifier (32) having an input node operatively connected to the heating element to probe the resulting voltage, and an output node (44) to provide an output signal indicative of the voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: IEE International Electronics & Engineering S.A.
    Inventors: Laurent Lamesch, Michael Virnich, Aloyse Schoos
  • Publication number: 20140131343
    Abstract: A heating device comprises a heater having a first surface and a second surface, with the second surface being generally opposite of the first surface. The heater is configured to receive an electrical current and convert it to heat. The heating device additionally includes at least one heat transfer assembly positioned along the first and/or second surface of the heater. In one embodiment, the heat transfer assembly includes a plurality of fins that generally define a plurality of fin spaces through which fluids may pass. In some arrangements, the heating device comprises an outer housing that at least partially surrounds the heater and one or more of the heat transfer assemblies. Heat generated by the heater is transferred to the fins of the heat transfer assembly. In addition, fluids passing through the fin spaces are selectively heated when electrical current is provided to the heater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventor: Ryan Walsh